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World Oceans Day

Global Partnership for the Oceans

Peter Neill | Posted 04.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Of the many organizations and initiatives dedicated to ocean sustainability, we often point to smaller groups and individuals attempting and succeeding in making a difference through specific actions directed at local issues and solutions.

Beyond Hope

Peter Neill | Posted 04.14.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Frequently in these conversations I hear expressions of hopelessness: What can I do to combat these forces, distant and powerful, that seem indifferent not just to the natural environment, but also to the values and traditions that have been part of our engagement with the ocean forever?

$53 Million for Fish

Peter Neill | Posted 02.26.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Recently, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the enormous charitable foundation of New York City's former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, announced its Vibrant Ocean...

Mining the Abyss

Peter Neill | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

"Resource nationalism" pertains here -- the right of a nation to exchange its resources for return to its population and general social welfare that is sustainable over time. Globalization has stood that idea on its head.

The Sea Connects All Things

Peter Neill | Posted 02.02.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

I sign all my email messages with the phrase, "The sea connects all things." What interests me is that the responses don't necessarily indicate agreement or understanding of what is a powerful, certain declaration. What does the sentence actually mean?

Ocean Acidification

Peter Neill | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This is a global situation, mostly invisible, and demanding of immediate action.

The Oranjemund Shipwreck

Peter Neill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

On April 1, 2008, Tate Kapaandu Shitaka, an excavator operator, inadvertently uncovered two metal tubes, later identified as bronze breech-loading can...

Network Societies

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

What if one nation state declares an economic, or political, or cultural justification for a specific harvest when inevitably it will deprive all the rest of us of sustainable access? What power can be brought to bear in such a case?

America's Cup

Peter Neill | Posted 12.23.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

The ocean is a spectacular place for teaching and learning. Sea experience has formed the bodies, skills, values, and lives of young people for all time the world over.

Globalization

Peter Neill | Posted 12.14.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

Here's a surprising thought to consider: unlike any other place on earth, a vast portion of the ocean remains outside the limits of national jurisdiction, the 15 to 200 mile territorial extension of proprietary rights that frequently overlap.

Waves' Collision

Peter Neill | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

By joining these organizations and collectivizing concern and financial capacity, some steps can be effectively taken, but when the effect is calculated today through connection to and awareness of specific ocean issues, the outcome is wanting, almost negligible.

Blue Marble

Peter Neill | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Peter Neill

People often ask me how to explain in the shortest amount of time the reason for my personal obsession with the ocean, with the need to communicate its vast utility and purpose and relevance to our future. It has not been easy to do so.

The Plastisphere

Peter Neill | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

In a study recently published online in Environmental Science & Technology, the scientists suggest that "the plastisphere represents a novel ecological habitat in the ocean and raises a host of questions": How will it change environmental conditions for marine microbes, favoring some that compete with others?

Australia Hosts Reef Live Event to Showcase Great Barrier Reef

Megan Snedden | Posted 08.17.2013 | Travel
Megan Snedden

From a café overlooking the Eiffel Tower, a woman in Paris chatted with scientist David Wachenfeld as he scuba dived through Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Can We Stop Killing Our Oceans Now, Please?

Sylvia Earle | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Sylvia Earle

We need to respect the oceans and take care of them as if our lives depended on it. Because they do.

Celebrate World Oceans Day: Together We Have the Power to Protect the Oceans

Dr. Dave Randle | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Dr. Dave Randle

The ocean is indispensable to life itself. It is the largest habitat for living things in our solar system and sustains our lives with over 50 percent of the earth's oxygen. For World Ocean Day we encourage you to find a way to celebrate the gifts the ocean has brought to your life.

Share Your Own Ocean Photos!

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 06.07.2013 | Green

June 8 marks the 21st annual World Oceans Day, a time to commemorate the blue part of the planet while galvanizing support for increasingly threatened...

World Oceans Day Means Business

Greg Stone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Greg Stone

On World Oceans Day, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Oceans is endorsing two initiatives to guide management of ocean resources for the future: the Ocean Health Index and "seafood traceability"(transparent tracking of seafood from source to consumer).

Can Stories Save Our Oceans? Talking With Animal Planet's Mermaids Creator

Brenda Peterson | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Stories, as much as science, can wake us up to what's really happening in our blue planet. As we celebrate World Oceans' Day, many people are debating the existence of mermaids, after watching Animal Planet's Mermaids: The New Evidence.

Something Fishy on Your Dinner Plate

Beth Lowell | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Beth Lowell

As many Americans gear up to kick off their summers -- and perhaps celebrate the upcoming World Oceans Day this Saturday by enjoying some fresh seafood -- the question must be asked: Do you really know what you're eating?

World Oceans Day: Time to Stop the War on Our Oceans

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Protecting the oceans isn't about political power; it's about empowering the people. Forget about Citizens United. We have our voices and we have our votes, and if we have the will to win, that's all we need. We will prevail in protecting the oceans.

Making Peace With the Oceans

Francesca Koe | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

Our oceans are the heart of this planet. They provide all of humanity with the very essentials necessary for life. Ranging from the food we eat to the air we breathe, we all depend on the oceans to generate what we need to simply survive.

From California to Copacabana: Global Call to Stop Plastic Pollution Presented at Rio Earth Summit

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Here's to a future with clean beaches and oceans where children will once again be awed by shells and sea creatures, not the remnants of careless consumption.

More Hope for Our Oceans Than We Think

Adam Lowry | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Adam Lowry

Take a moment to consider all that is being done to protect and preserve our oceans, and just appreciate it. Appreciation is a necessary ingredient of hope, and hope leads to progress.

World Oceans Day: Now Is the Time to Return the Favor

Jackie Savitz | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Jackie Savitz

The theme of this year's World Oceans Day seems unfortunate: "Youth: the Next Wave for Change." Doesn't that seem like a dangerous passing of the buck?